We know that wet look hair has been an edgy catwalk style for a couple of years now. However it hasn’t felt like a truly accessible style. Until now, that is.
This month we’ve spotted more and more celebs wearing their hair slicked back, showing that actually this could be a hairstyle we see plenty of this spring and summer.
Taylor Swift was spotted with the gelled style using it as a great way to control her fringe and create a cute quiff. At the BRITS, Paloma Faith also wore her hair gelled back. Meanwhile Mollie King has also been spotted with a full-bodied slicked back style on the red carpet.
It might look like the easiest hairstyle in the world to recreate – what could be simpler than coming gel through your hair? – but in fact there are some rules to follow.
First, you don’t have to have long hair for this style to work but you do need body. If your hair is very fine then chances are it might look too flat. Instead what makes each of these hairstyles work is the body at the roots. This extra volume makes the style edgier and less drab (tip, you don’t want it to look like you simply haven’t washed your hair!).
If you do need to add volume at the roots, Clip’N Go hair extensions are the easiest way to do it. Choose from over 80 shades to find a colour that closely matches your own natural shade. As well as adding length, clip on hair extensions will add much needed volume at the roots, ensuring this style doesn’t go limp.
Another way this hairstyle is really working is when there is plenty of texture. Mollie King gives a masterclass here with her style that almost looks like she’s stepped right out of the shower. It starts by blow-drying the style or using rollers to add plenty of volume at the roots. Hair is then slicked up, rather than down, with plenty of attention given to the ends to offer lots of shape.
If you’re wearing your hair slicked back then you also have to pay attention to the rest of your look. Having the hair away from the face means you can really draw attention to the eyes and make them pop. Taylor Swift uses a smoky eye effect to do that as did Rita Ora who debuted a much shorter slicked style at the BRITS this week. Nude lips and very dark eyes created almost a retro Hollywood glamour style, making you think of Greta Garbo or Marlene Dietrich, goddesses of silver screen style.
The secret to this style is to make sure it doesn’t look like there’s too much product; a light gel that creates lift and control but without the wet effect is how this edgy look is being worn this spring.